English at Work

Episode 51: Taking shape Language used for conveying your ideas to others
Narrator: Hello again and welcome to English at Work. It’s another day at Tip Top Trading and hopefully a happier one, following Denise’s bad news about her job. I wonder if Tom and Anna are about to get the same bad news? It’s really awful having to let a member of your staff go but that’s the situation we’re in, I’m afraid. And now you’re going to letting us go aren’t you? Honestly Paul, I’ve given my life to this company and, quite frankly, I’m disappointed… no, I’m angry at your decision. See your biscuits? Well… Tom! That’s what I think of Tip Top Trading… What?! Hold on Tom. I think you’re a bit confused. I’m not sacking you too. I need to talk to you about plastic vegetables… you know, the aubergine idea? Oh… I see. You’re not sacking us? Sorry Paul… I’ll buy you some more biscuits. So what was it that you had to say? Plastic vegetables. Yours and Anna’s idea for a plastic aubergine. I like it. It’s good. So, I need you to develop a prototype we can use to show our potential clients. Well that’s great. So where do we get the prototype made? Upstairs, on the 4th floor. We have a great development team who can magic up some amazing designs. They’re magicians? No Anna. They’re just developers who make things out of plastic. Thank you Tom. Look, why not go and have a chat to them now and get the ball rolling. But we’re not making balls. Come on Anna… I’ll explain. See you Paul. ‘To get the ball rolling’ – he means to get the project moving along. Developers can design and make models of your products which you can

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I was hoping it could be 20 centimetres in length. sure. absolutely. Obviously you are a designer.com . you need to explain exactly your requirements. Let’s see how Anna gets on. Now. where did you get her from? He didn’t get me from anywhere. using grade 1 plastic resin. George… this is quite a special project for us… isn’t it Tom? Oh yeah. time for me to take control. It’s our new big idea. so I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on how to improve our idea. tell me more. it looks very impressive already. Easy. I’ll get onto it straight away. based on a real aubergine. I see. Try the greengrocers! Ha ha. right.show and develop. Oh hi George. We can just remould the design for the Imperial Lemon. Can they Anna? Is that what you wanted? To get what you want. mate. very funny! No. We’ve come to talk vegetables. So we want to get it right and I already have a specific idea in mind. OK. with a black-purple colour and a 30 degree curve on that side. Does that make sense? Erm yeah. Tom. Tom: Anna: Tom: George: Tom: George: Narrator: Anna: Narrator: So this is the development team. ‘I’d like to use your design skills to produce a fantastic product’. OK? Err… yes. you up for footie on Sunday? Great. Great. we need a plastic aubergine making. But what shall I say? Tell them exactly what you were thinking by saying ‘I have a specific idea in mind’ and ‘I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on how to improve my ideas’ and. Well. But you need to give them clear and specific instructions. Have you met Anna before? Hello. Quite clear. Anna: Tom: Anna: George: Anna: George: Anna: George: Anna: George: English at Work © British Broadcasting Corporation 2013 Page 2 of 3 bbclearningenglish. I’d like to use your design skills to develop a fantastic product that I can show everyone. Well. Gosh.

she’s a bit bossy. I’d like to use your design skills to produce a fantastic product. of course. That is ‘I need to sign off your designs before they go into production’. Is that OK? That will be great but I will need to sign off your designs before they go into production – that way. see you George. Now come on Tom. there won’t be any mistakes – will there? Crikey Tom. Off you go Anna… …so when will you have the designs ready then? Hopefully by tomorrow morning. we need to go and sort out a leaving present for Denise. These are the phrases that Anna used: I have a specific idea in mind. that means approve the plans before anything I made. Anna: George: Anna: George: Tom: Anna: Tom: Narrator: Listening Challenge How long does Anna want her prototype plastic aubergine to be? (Answer: 20 centimetres) English at Work © British Broadcasting Corporation 2013 Page 3 of 3 bbclearningenglish. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on how to improve my ideas. Narrator: There’s one more phrase to use to make sure things go to plan if someone is making something for you. Hmm. Sometimes it’s important to take control and say what you really want but in a positive and encouraging way. Fetch my things. Oh yeah right. Bye. But even more important is Denise’s last day at work tomorrow – how is everyone going to cope? Find out next time on English at Work.com .Narrator: Excellent Anna. I think Tom’s the pussy cat! Let’s hope the designs come out well. No! She’s a pussy cat really… a bit of a softy.

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